Did you know that pollinators are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat? Your morning cup of coffee would not be possible without the hard work of flies and beetles. Bumble bees ensure that our refrigerators stay stocked with fresh fruits and veggies whenever we need them.
As pollinators travel from flower to flower in your garden in pursuit of food, pollen sticks to their fuzzy bodies. Their pollination is accidental but essential for sustaining healthy ecosystems — including the one in which we live. Most of the plants grown by the agriculture industry depend on pollinators for their survival. Unfortunately, climate change, habitat loss, and harmful pesticides are contributing to the decline of important pollinators like bumble bees, moths, and butterflies all across the country.
The easiest way to support your local pollinators is to ensure they have safe and healthy habitats. Adding native Minnesota plants to your garden will provide pollinators with the resources they need to carry out their vital work. The tall, bright, and recognizable yellow petals of Sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) are an excellent pollinator attraction. Perennials like anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) and wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) can add vibrant splashes of purple and new fragrances to your garden. Goldenrods (Solidago canadensis) are hardy, sun-loving plants that are easy to grow and appreciated by both pollinators and gardeners alike.
Having a garden that’s buzzing with pollinators is beneficial for you, too! These hardworking animals will help your garden thrive and improve yield all year-round. If you’re interested in creating your own pollinator-friendly garden, Pleasant View Gardens can get you started with a professional garden design. Get in touch with us today to learn more!